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A 36-year-old member asked:

how long can you live with copd after diagnosed?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
A long time: Although it depends a little on how severe the COPD is, for the most part, you can live a very long time with copd. I have patients with COPD getting treatment who live a very long time, and they have good, healthy, happy lives. If you get diagnosed with copd, see a doctor and get treated. You can really have a productive life despite the disease.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Depends: If you take care of yourself with the advice of you physician and if you do not have any other comorbid conditions, you may have normal life expectancy. If your disease is far advanced, you have frequent exacerbations, then you may have a short span. Pulmonary function tests may give us an indication of how severe your COPD is.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Depends...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease. Many factors contribute to the rate of progression including age at diagnosis, severity of disease, oxygen levels, smoking cessation, presence of other disease states, etc. See your doctor so the details of your case can be reviewed and your question answered for your particular case!

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is COPD diagnosed?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is COPD treated?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Inhalers: First, smokers should quit smoking. A number of inhalers are used. There are controlling medications to be taken daily and rescue inhalers to be taken only when needed. For more details, check with your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to try alternative therapies to treat copd?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
It's rough to puff..: It depends on what alternative treatments you're considering. Complimentary treatments such as physical therapy for the lungs, i.e. Pulmonary rehab therapy, with a therapist are known to be effective in improving quality of life. If you're oxygen dependent and want to get rid of oxygen and medications in favor of some alternative you may be risking all the progress you've made to this point.
A 18-year-old member asked:

How long do you live after being diagnosed with copd?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Care for Lungs well: With COPD if you prevent further damage you can prevent progression of disease. Take n-acetyl cysteine daily gives extra energy to mitochondria and acts as a mucolytic too.
A 45-year-old member asked:

If you are diagnosed with COPD how long do you live after?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Depends: It depends on how bad your COPD is whether you are oxygen dependent, whether you have other comorbid conditions such as CHF etc. With treatment generally you can live longer-- difficult to predict, may be 10 years or more.

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